The Lord of the Ants

The Lord of the Ants

2DCS/ES
Cast:Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco, Leonardo Maltese
Premiere:2. December 2022
Length:130 minutes
Genre:Historical, Drama

Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco, Leonardo Maltese, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Rita Bosello, Davide Vecchi, Maria Caleffi, Roberto Infurna, Valerio Binasco, Luca Lazzareschi, Alberto Cracco

At the end of the sixties, a trial was held in Rome that caused a sensation. Playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti was sentenced to nine years’ prison, found guilty of plagio. That is, of having submitted another person, physically and psychologically, to his own will. In this case, a student and friend who was barely of age. The youth’s family had him committed to a psychiatric hospital and subjected to a string of devastating electroshock treatments to “cure” him of that “diabolical” influence. Some years later, the crime of plagio was removed from the Italian penal code. But by that point, it had been used to incriminate “misfits” of every kind, outlaws from the norm. Drawing inspiration from true events, the film tells a story through a chorus of voices. Other than the defendant, his family and friends, accusers and supporters take shape against a backdrop of largely distracted or indifferent public opinion. Only one journalist takes on the task of piecing together the truth, facing suspicion and censorship as he does so.

Length: 130 min

Year: 2022
Local premiere date: 2. December 2022
World premiere date: 8. September 2022

Country of origin:

  • Italy

Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco, Leonardo Maltese, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Rita Bosello, Davide Vecchi, Maria Caleffi, Roberto Infurna, Valerio Binasco, Luca Lazzareschi, Alberto Cracco

At the end of the sixties, a trial was held in Rome that caused a sensation. Playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti was sentenced to nine years’ prison, found guilty of plagio. That is, of having submitted another person, physically and psychologically, to his own will. In this case, a student and friend who was barely of age. The youth’s family had him committed to a psychiatric hospital and subjected to a string of devastating electroshock treatments to “cure” him of that “diabolical” influence. Some years later, the crime of plagio was removed from the Italian penal code. But by that point, it had been used to incriminate “misfits” of every kind, outlaws from the norm. Drawing inspiration from true events, the film tells a story through a chorus of voices. Other than the defendant, his family and friends, accusers and supporters take shape against a backdrop of largely distracted or indifferent public opinion. Only one journalist takes on the task of piecing together the truth, facing suspicion and censorship as he does so.

Year: 2022
Local premiere date: 2. December 2022
World premiere date: 8. September 2022

Country of origin:

  • Italy